Helping you every step of your surf journey!

Zane Reed

Instructor, Owner of Big Surf Adventures

Zane Reed is the owner of Big Surf and our most frequent instructors. Zane started Big Surf with a wealth of knowledge and a diverse background: over 20 years of surfing the West coast and various waves around the world, almost a decade of coaching experience in tennis and lacrosse, as well as holding numerous mentor, camp counselor, and volunteer positions over the years. He pours his heart into every lesson to give students a totally radical experience, nurturing growth in the water, mind, and heart. He is a proud new father, and has more than enough patience to meet everyone's needs. Zane has lifeguard training and is CPR Certified. On occasion when the waves are just right, Zane will extend the lesson and surf side-by-side with students as a bonus because he genuinely loves watching and teaching people to learn to surf.

Abraham Wolfinger


Father, coach, and local who was born and raised in Big Sur. Master’s degree in education, currently teaching freshman at Monterey Highschool. He has strong community values and supports many local youth sports programs. Abraham says “I aspire to unfold mind’s, and help people to reach their full potential.” He’s surfed his whole life, and genuinely cares about the sport while ushering in the next generation of surfers. Inspired by the likes of Jacques Cousteau and Jack Kerouac to become the adventurer he is today, Abraham often says the ripples of our interactions and accomplishments will touch the lives of people long after we are gone. He is an amazing surfing instructor and is available most weekends and evenings.

Schuyler Horn


Schuyler (pronounced Sky-Ler) runs a local lacrosse program and coaches at Pacific Grove High School. Schuyler loves the Monterey area for its distinct communities, relaxed vibe, and delicious food. Having grown up by the ocean he is at home in the water and loves sharing his passion for the sea with others. Schuyler has coached sports for over 10 years and is able to clearly and patiently communicate instructions while keeping things fun. He values sense of humor above everything and is excited to expose more people to the sport he loves.

Niles Ackerman

Niles is an experienced coach in gymnastics, skiing, bike riding, and surfing. As a former NCAA division 1 athlete he specializes in technique and is passionate about having fun. Niles also teaches outdoor education to children and enjoys action sports, exercise and writing.

Niles holds a Bachelors Degree in Resource Economics from The University of Massachusetts Amherst and also works as a holistic health coach and personal trainer.